Country that killed Alfie left behind Lewis, Wilberforce, Wesley

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
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Alfie Evans collageMake no mistake, says a longtime conservative activist, post-Christian Britain is to blame for the death of Alfie Evans.

Suffering from a degenerative brain condition, Alfie Evans died earlier this month just a few days shy of what would have been his second birthday.

His parents had been in a lengthy legal battle with British doctors who, over the parents objections, removed the young boy's oxygen, and food and water, after courts ruled in the hospital's favor.  

Dr. Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary, tells OneNewsNow that allowing a child to die like that would have been unthinkable in the West forty years ago.

Land, Dr. Richard (SBC, ERLC)What changed? He points to Britain's post-Christian, post-human, pagan culture.

"Now, in the land of the land of Magna Carta," he warns, "we have abandoned the Judeo-Christian value system that gave us the sanctity of all human life, of every human life, the inspiration behind 'all men are created equal and they're endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights."

Society, he says, has devolved from the sanctity of human life to "quality of life" ethics.

John Wesley statue"Which ends up being a very arbitrary standard," he warns. "And it ends up with people being devalued, based upon their abilities, based upon their consequences, based upon their health."

The issue of life, in fact, became a key issue after doctors claimed Alfie would die quickly after cutting off his respirator. But he lived for five days and Britain's courts, meanwhile, refused to let the parents remove their son for treatment in Italy.

"It's death therapy," Land says.

The steady decline of Christianity in Great Britain and across Europe have been making headlines for years after the lands of Martin Luther, John Wesley, and C.S. Lewis started closing up their churches. 

C.S. LewisA more recent story, from a 2017 article at Psychology Today, said 67 percent of British adults identified as Christians in 1983. That number had dropped to 43 percent by 2015. 

Describing the country's post-World War II culture, the writer says "a decent social security net has been put in place, democracy has thrived, and most people live much more existentially secure lives than ever before in British history. And as a result, religion has become quaint."

Yet the post-Christian era of "reason" and science has left a void about ethics and morality, Oxford mathematics professor Dr. John Lennox, a Christian apologist, once warned famed atheist Richard Dawkins in a debate.

"Science can tell you that if you put strychnine in your granny's tea she will die," Lennox warned Dawkins. "But it can't tell you whether what you did was right or wrong." 

Writing about the ethical fight over Alfie Evans for The Christian Post, Land points out that Third Reich doctors didn't begin gassing Jews – they killed mentally challenged Germans who were deemed "Lebenswertes leben," or "life worth living."


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